Nationals Grab First Postseason Win, Take 1-0 Lead
(ST. LOUIS) — The Washington Nationals kept their surprising season rolling in St. Louis
Tyler Moore had a go-ahead two run single in the eighth inning and the Nationals limited the St. Louis Cardinals to three hits in a 3-2 win to grab a 1-0 lead in the NLDS on Sunday.
Moore came up with two on in the eighth with the Nationals trailing by one, and blooped a hit to right field against lefty Mark Rzepczynski to give Washington a lead. “I was just trying to calm myself down and try to make some things happen and not strike out up there,” Moore said. “I wanted to at least put something into play.”
The Nationals overcame an erratic outing from starter Gio Gonzalez, who walked seven and struck out five in five innings of work. “All the credit in the world goes to the bullpen,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been saying it all year. The reason why we’ve been so successful is these guys come in and shut it down.”
The Cardinals got a 10-strikeout effort from starter Adam Wainwright, but only mustered three hits offensively in the loss. They scored both their runs in the second off a wild pitch from Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly from John Jay.
It was the first posteason win from a Washington-based baseball team in 79 years.
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